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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-13-2018, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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Pup ate his own poo

I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen but my girlfriend who’s with my dog tonight (I’m working) said my pup pooped inside the house and then was trying to eat his own poop. Idk if she’s overreacting or what but I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen or how to fix it..REMOVED BY MODERATOR
He’s 9 weeks and been living with us for a week.

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How to fix it --- have an alternative handy while you claim the pile for yourself and clean it up. If I'm not on top of it, mine will do this at 5 and 9 yo.
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My dog also did this, selectively, throughout her life. The remedy is to distract, then clean up quickly LOL! I've heard lots of different theories over the years as to why, but for me the bottom line, based solely on experience, is to distract, then clean up quickly...
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How to fix it --- have an alternative handy while you claim the pile for yourself and clean it up. If I'm not on top of it, mine will do this at 5 and 9 yo.
It wasn’t right away. It was sitting in the livingroom and as my gf went to get paper towels to clean.. that’s when it happened. Within a few min
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I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen but my girlfriend who’s with my dog tonight (I’m working) said my pup pooped inside the house and then was trying to eat his own poop. Idk if she’s overreacting or what but I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen or how to fix it.. wtf
He’s 9 weeks and been living with us for a week.
Icky. But just out of curiousity, why are you going to freak out? Poophobia?
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No reason to freak out, though it probably wouldn't hurt to keep smelling salts on hand. LOL. Nine weeks old is a baby, IMO, and babies do all sorts of silly (and sometimes outright disgusting) things. Most will outgrow it, with time, training and management; others may opportunistically keep the bad habit throughout their lives. Assuming that you're feeding appropriate, good food, it's a matter of management and training. As other posters noted, immediate cleanup is key.

Another thing to consider is how much unrestricted freedom the puppy has in the house. At two months, I'd say, it shouldn't be much if any. So, think about crating the puppy when you or your girlfriend aren't home or when you are at home, but busy. Or, tether the puppy to you so that it can't wander around unsupervised and get into trouble and/or pick up bad habits.

Welcome to the world of puppies.

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I have 2 poop eaters and my previous dog was as well. I have to go out with them in the yard when they go potty or else they will turn around and eat it. I would blame it on these 2 being rescue dogs (kennel environment) but my first GSD I got as a puppy from the breeder and she was just as bad!
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Our King Charles ate poop hers and all kinds. The only thing I could do was make sure the yard was picked up. I could never accept kisses from her lol!!!


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So there’s no way to “stop” it besides not giving him a chance to eat it... I mean he’s a pup. For all I know he can go in his crate every hour and eat it and I wouldn’t know.
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Our older dog has done this his entire life. I think he's nearing 9 now. The only way to control it was to pick it up as soon as possible. He also knows the "leave it" command and would do so while you were watching him. But he's sneaky and would soon find a way to get back to what he wanted and eat it.

We have been feeding raw, prey diet, for several months now and this behavior seems to have stopped completely. Coincidence? I have no idea, but we are sticking with raw, and for more than just this reason. Anyone else have this experience?
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